Career Architecture - Managing Your Design Leadership Career

1 Day


Cohort-based Course

Frameworks, tactics, and approaches to build a stellar design leadership career.

Course overview

Shape a design career that provides you growth, development, and success.

The career architecture immersive is designed specifically for ambitious design leaders ready to shape their future. It’s built on practical insights and experiences, offering a hands-on approach to career development.

Learn from two tech industry executives who’ve defined design hiring practices and hired thousands of designers.

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Day 1: Architect Your Design Leadership Career

• Define Your Leadership Trajectory: Delve deep into the landscape of design leadership, unveiling pathways to forge your own mark.

Hone Your Leadership Edge: Understand the essentials that set you apart as a design leader, with a focus on practical application and self-assessment.

Leverage Your Unique Strengths: Conduct an analysis to map your distinct capabilities against industry benchmarks. Map your unique capabilities against the backdrop of design leadership standards for a tailored growth plan.

Craft a Strategic Career Plan: Develop a strategic career plan aligning your skills and aspirations for maximum impact. Forge a forward-looking career strategy that harmonizes your skills with your professional aspirations, setting a clear direction for growth.

Day 2: Advance Your Design Leadership Impact

Elevate Your Expertise: Identify crucial growth areas, emphasizing actionable steps for continuous advancement at every career stage.

Define Success on Your Terms: Set and achieve measurable goals with a clear vision of success to anchor your progress and accountability, learning the importance of measurable outcomes for impactful leadership.

Map Your Career Strategy: Define your career trajectory with a comprehensive, action-oriented plan, drawing on expert strategies for long-term success.

Become an Industry Standout: Learn the nuances of distinguishing yourself in a crowded market. Gain insider tips on making your mark in a competitive landscape.

Make Informed Career Moves: Equip yourself with the knowledge to select the right roles and opportunities that align with your long-term career vision.


Evaluating Opportunities: Learn the art of assessing companies and roles through the lens of experienced design executives.

2 In-depth Office Hours / Q+A Sessions: Dedicated sessions with Rachel and Kristin to discuss your specific challenges and opportunities, receiving tailored guidance to propel your career forward.

Accelerate your career and refine your path. This immersive is an investment in defining and achieving your design career goals.

Who is this course for


Ambitious Senior Managers, Directors, and VP-level design leaders in both startups and large technology product companies.


It's ideal for those planning on staying and growing at your current company for the next 3+ years or are thinking of changing companies.


This course is not for aspiring design managers and early-career design managers. It does not focus on the detailed steps of skill-building.

What you’ll get out of this course

Get the career outcomes you want

Gain insights on what hiring managers look for in candidate profiles. Understand factors that make a portfolio stand out, tactics that increase your chances of being hired, recognized, and promoted, + selecting the role and organization that aligns with your career objectives.

Gain deeper design industry understanding 

Immerse yourself in the intricate landscape of the design industry. Gain clarity on various career paths and development tactics, setting the stage for better informed career decisions. Conduct an analysis of the design sector to spot the right opportunities. 

Develop your career blueprint

Formulate a definitive, actionable career plan, anchored in your unique strengths and goals. Establish a personal framework that propels your professional growth and development.

Navigate the current environment

Equip yourself with strategies to navigate the uncertainties of the job market. Learn the key to distinguishing yourself in a competitive market. 

Grow your professional network

Forge valuable connections with fellow professionals and seasoned industry experts in a dynamic, collaborative setting. Become part of the Defining Experience community to keep the momentum and conversation going.

Exclusive Office Hours

Take advantage of two dedicated Q+A sessions with Rachel and Kristin for tailored advice and insights.

Toolkit for Success

Leave with a collection of essential frameworks and actionable tools designed for making informed decisions, effective career planning, and planning your next steps with confidence.

This course includes

2 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

2 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

Projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Jul 20—Jul 21

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jul


      Day 1 Live Session

      Sat, Jul 20, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC

    • Jul


      Day 2 Live Session

      Sun, Jul 21, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC


    • Session 1: Chart your design leadership career

    • Session 2: Assess and grow your competence

Meet your instructors

Rachel Kobetz

Rachel Kobetz

Chief Design Officer, PayPal

Rachel Kobetz is the Chief Design Officer of PayPal. Her ability to shape product cultures that humanize technology and forge meaningful connections between products and consumers has made her a sought-out operator, indispensable advisor, and industry thought leader. Previously, Rachel held prominent leadership positions at Expedia Group, Bank of America, Amazon, and Samsung.

Rachel is the founder of Design Leadership at Scale, a Founding Member of the Design Leaders Community, board member for the Fast Company Executive Board, and ADC Jury Member for The One Club For Creativity. She also writes the influential newsletter Defining Experience, providing insights and actionable ideas about design leadership, experience-led culture, emerging technology, and the future of work.

Kristin Skinner

Kristin Skinner

Chief Experience Officer, &GSD

Kristin has made it her mission to make organizations more effective. 

As a design executive and globally recognized expert on organization design, management, and operations, Kristin has designed and executed organizational transformations in her executive leadership roles at Expedia Group, Chase, Capital One, Adaptive Path, and Microsoft.

In 2017, Kristin founded &GSD, a customer experience consultancy, that addresses the common problems many organizations face – organization design, scale, and the resulting change management – and has advised executive leaders at Nike, Grab, Adobe, Zendesk, Airbnb, Netflix, Disney, SK Telecom, USAA, Wells Fargo, Grubhub, and the country of Ireland. 

Kristin is a frequent global conference keynoter, panelist, and workshop leader. As a community builder, she co-created the DesignOps Summit series and led curation for its first five years. 

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Career Architecture - Managing Your Design Leadership Career

DLSCA02 - July 2024

$1,400 USD


July 20—21, 2024

Payment Deadline

July 19, 2024

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